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By Chris Murphy

There is always time for some romance. A quick date with your wife, partner or significant other is always possible. Don’t save your romance just for Valentine’s Day. There are little things you can do that have the look of love, a cool mix with Sinatra, some retro Rat Pack, Dusty Springfield, Zero 7 or Concrete Blond, bottle of wine, flowers when not expected or even just a morning love note. Don’t wait until the 14th to show those that you love, that you love them. But here are a few things happening that will make your Valentine’s Day that much better. If you are going to go out on the 14th, better book it fast and order your flowers.

Vivian Lee Jazz Trio – February 10
This is a great Valentine date night. Lucca Winery is pleased to announce their second concert of the winter series. In an effort to bring a diverse selection of music and after a very successful inaugural concert of “Gypsy Jazz” they are presenting an group that you might find in a smoky jazz club in New York City. Truly a wonderful “Night Club” experience featuring the great Vivian Lee and her jazz trio. There will be wine and great food and desserts as well. 7:30 pm 16265 East River Road, Ripon
For more info and tickets: Red Tie Arts, the Summer Series people.

Valentine’s Tea – February 10
This is a special annual event at the McHenry Mansion Visitors Center. Warm treats, tasty tea and great services. Depending on the weather, the Tea at the Gift Shop event will be held on the patio or inside the store. One seating at 11:30am. $30.00 per person. Reservations required at the Visitors Center/Gift Store. Limited seating.

Marriage at the Mansion
February 14 – 906 15th St 9 am – 4 pm
This will be a fantastic day of weddings at the McHenry Mansion. This is Modesto’s house and the setting is perfect for a spring wedding. Stanislaus County Clerk / Recorder / Commissioner of Civil Marriages, Lee Lundrigan and staff perform civil marriage ceremonies in English and Spanish on Valentine’s Day. “Marriage at the Mansion” offers each couple a romantic experience that will take them back in time. All ceremonies are individualized and the Mansion Gift Shop will be open with a Valentine theme; and local businesses are donating gifts. Wedding photos can be purchased. There is no flash photography in the Mansion to preserve the valuable antiques. Couples must sign up in advance through the Clerk Recorder’s Office at 209-525-5250 or call 209-525-5230 for assistance in Spanish.

Marriage licenses must be purchased and appointments made in advance at the Clerk Recorder’s Office located at 1021 “I” Street in downtown Modesto. Cost of the license and ceremony is $121 or $126 for confidential marriage licenses. Certified marriage certificates are an additional $15 and must be paid by check. No blood test is required. Guests are limited to 15 for each wedding, and children must be age 12 or older to attend in the Mansion.

Hello Cupid
February 10th, there will be a Cupid Music and Art Show at Tri-Chromatic Art Gallery with Killah Wail, Yegen and more. 1321 J St Modesto 95354

Will You Say “I Do”?
Century will be hosting “Monumental Matrimony” wedding ceremonies from 10:00am until 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Providing each couple with a 45-minute slot to exchange vows and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne (or sparkling cider) with their guests. They will also provide the officiant to make the vows official and provide a photographer to document this special day for each set of lovebirds. If you would like to reserve a spot on this special day, please call the Century office at (209) 451-2292 or email<>



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.